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Between the Lines - Luke Bambridge

Luke Bambridge follows hits a backhand during his third round Juniors match against Luke Saville.
by Josh Blagden
Thursday 5 July 2012

Getting to know Luke Bambridge…

Q: Where are you from?

LB: I’m from Nottingham.

Q: Where are you based now?
LB: I’m based at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

Q: When did you first start playing tennis?
LB: I first picked up a racket at two-and-a-half. I used to just swing it around and hit up against a wall, but I properly got started on the court when I was four years old.

Q: What was the first tournament you’ve ever won?
LB: It was a county tournament in Nottingham for under 8s. I won it when I was five years old.

Q: At what age could you beat your dad at tennis?
LB: I had some terrible losses to my dad but I would say at about 10 or 11.

Q: What has been the greatest moment in your career so far?
LB: We won Junior Davis Cup last year. I was part of the team there so that was a great moment. Also, three weeks in a row I won a Grade 2 ITF, semi-finals of a Grade 1 ITF and semi-finals of a Futures, which got me my ATP points so that was a good run.

Q: What has been the worst moment?
LB: In December and the start of January I went on a five or six-match losing streak in the juniors. It gave me a real dip in confidence and was tough to get out of but I did in the end.

Q: What’s your favourite surface?
LB: Clay.

Q: Who are your role models growing up as a tennis player?
LB: Federer. I like Djokovic now as well, I hit with him the other day and he’s a great guy.

Q: If you weren’t a tennis player, what would you like to do?
LB: I think I’d quite like to still be in sport. I quite like the thought of talent spotting so I like the thought of being a sports agent or something like that.

Q: What do you like to do outside of tennis?
LB: I watch quite a few TV shows.

Q: What’s your favourite show?
LB: I’ve seen all the episodes of One Tree Hill. I don’t know whether that will be classed as slightly camp but I do enjoy the show.

Q: What is your favourite sport apart from tennis?
LB: I like football a lot.

Q: So who do you support?
LB: Manchester United.

Q: And your favourite player?
LB: Wayne Rooney.

Q: What are your ambitions for the future?
LB: I’d like to be maybe top 750 in the men’s at the end of this year. It’s a tough aim but I hope I can achieve it. At the moment I’m just outside the top 1,000 after only playing three or four tournaments. I’d also like to be top 10 or higher in the juniors but it will depend on how I do here and at the US Open.

Q: When do you hope to being playing regularly on the men’s tour?
LB: Tough question. I’d like to say in three or four years’ time but you never know with injuries and setbacks.



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